Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 12, pp 2622–2635 | Cite as

Rating Parent–Child Interactions: Joint Engagement, Communication Dynamics, and Shared Topics in Autism, Down Syndrome, and Typical Development

  • Lauren B. Adamson
  • Roger Bakeman
  • Deborah F. Deckner
  • P. Brooke Nelson
Original Paper

Abstract

A battery of 17 rating items were applied to video records of typically-developing toddlers and young children with autism and Down syndrome interacting with their parents during the Communication Play Protocol. This battery provided a reliable and broad view of the joint engagement triad of child, partner, and shared topic. Ratings of the child’s joint engagement correlated very strongly with state coding of joint engagement and replicated the finding that coordinated joint engagement was less likely in children with autism. Ratings of other child actions, of parent contributions, and of shared topics and communicative dynamics also documented pervasive variations related to diagnosis, language facility, and communicative context.

Keywords

Autism Down syndrome Parent–child interaction Joint attention 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren B. Adamson
    • 1
  • Roger Bakeman
    • 1
  • Deborah F. Deckner
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. Brooke Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Clayton State UniversityMorrowUSA

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